Sedation Dentistry in Shoreline and Milton, WA

Sedation Dentistry in Shoreline and Milton, WA

Many Americans suffer from dental anxiety due to which they try to avoid regular dental visits. Our dental teams in Shoreline and Milton, WA understands this fact and are sensitive to patients' fears. We offer sedation dentistry to help our patients relax during dental treatments.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to the ways or methods that are used to manage dental anxiety and pain during dental procedures. It is the best way to provide anxiety-free dental experiences to patients who are afraid of dentists.

Sedation dentistry has become popular as most of the sedatives are taken by the mouth which means no injections, no pain and anxiety. Some of the sedatives are so effective that even the smell and details of the treatment are not recalled afterwards.

When Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?

You can consider sedation dentistry in the following situations:

  • A strong fear or anxiety when visiting a dentist
  • A low pain threshold
  • Fearful of needles
  • Require extensive dental treatments
  • A sensitive gag reflex

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry offers a safe and anxiety-free approach to dental treatments. Here are some of the benefits of sedation dentistry:

  • Few side effects
  • No needles required, hence no pain
  • Less time-consuming dental procedures
  • More is accomplished during each dental visit

What Are the Drugs Used in Sedation Dentistry?

Most drugs that are used in sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines that help in reducing anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms, and seizures. Each drug has a different half-life which means the effects of the drug last for a varying amount of time. The length of the dental procedure determines the type of drug that is going to be effective for that dental procedure.

What Are the Different Sedatives Available in Our Dental Office?

Depending on your needs, different levels of sedation - mild, moderate, or deep are used during dental treatments. During the initial consultation, your dentist will decide the type of sedation you require. Before giving any sedation, he will analyze your medical history and check your current medications.

We provide the following dental sedatives depending on the patients' need:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is administered through a nose hood. It reduces pain and relieves anxiety during the dental procedures. You can feel some numbness or tingling. Nitrous oxide evokes a sense of well-being that helps in elevating your mood. However, it has a few side effects. You may fall asleep or experience amnesia about the dental procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is the best option for people who are afraid of needles. It is provided before the dental treatment for a moderate level of sedation. Oral sedatives dull your senses, so you will not remember the pain, smell, or details associated with the dental procedure. Usually, a dose of the sedative is given before starting the treatment and is increased when required during the procedure.

The common drugs used in oral conscious sedation are:

  • Valium® – This sedative, having amnesic properties and a long half-life, is used for complex dental procedures that are time consuming.
  • Halcion® – This is used to treat insomnia. It is an effective sedative having amnesic properties. This sedative is useful for shorter dental procedures as it has a short half-life.

Whatever be the form of sedative, it is important for you to be accompanied by a family member, friend or caregiver. Sometimes, the sedative is given the night before the dental treatment, driving alone to or from the dental office is not recommended.

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, contact our dental offices in Shoreline and Milton, WA.

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